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May 28, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: It is choice, not chance that determines destiny. It is choice, not chance that determines destiny. Navjot Singh Sidhu.
★~ Chrysler Day:
Walter P. Chrysler was a poor boy growing up in Kansas; but on this day in 1928 he worked out a deal that made automotive history and took him from rags to riches. He merged his Chrysler Corporation with Dodge Brothers, Inc. The Dodge Motor Car Company had been purchased several years earlier from the widows of John and Horace Dodge, the two founders, by Clarence Dillon’s banking firm for $148 million.
The merger of Chrysler and Dodge, the largest automobile industry merger in history at the time, placed the newly consolidated firm third in production and sales, just behind General Motors and Ford Motor Company.
Twenty years later to the day, Chrysler Corporation granted its employees a 13 cents an hour wage increase, ending a 17-day strike. The increase was two-cents higher than the raise given to General Motors’ employees three days earlier. GM workers’ base pay was increased to $1.61 per hour and was tied to a cost-of-living formula. Chrysler workers received a flat $1.63 per hour with no ties. $1.61 or $1.63 per hour with or without cost-of-living ties was a lot of money in 1948.
★~ National Hamburger Day:
Nothing is more American than a big, juicy hamburger. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers have been a staple of the American diet for decades.
Although hamburgers originated in Hamburg, Germany, eating the burger in a bun is actually an American innovation. The hamburger sandwich was most likely invented in Seymour, Wisconsin. Each year the city hosts a hamburger festival called Burger Fest. That is where the world’s largest hamburger made its debut in 2001. It weighed 8,266 pounds!
~ Americans eat about 14 billion hamburgers a year!
~ Hamburgers and cheeseburgers are responsible for a whopping 71 percent of all the beef served in U.S. restaurants.
★~ Brisket Day:
Isn’t it nice to have a choice? Brisket or hamburger? One of the nine prime cuts of beef, brisket is best slow-cooked until it’s fallin’-off-the-bone tender.
Texas Monthly: How to smoke the perfect Brisket
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1934 – The Dionne quintuplets were born near Callender, Ontario to Oliva and Elzire Dionne. They were the first quints (that’s five babies, for those who may have forgotten) to survive infancy. This increase in Canada’s population became known as Marie, Cecile, Yvonne, Emilie and Annette.
♥~ 1959 – Able and Baker were two monkeys who survived a trip into space from a launch at Cape Canaveral, FL.
♥~ 1961 – Amnesty International was founded. It won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977.
♥~ 1966 – Percy Sledge hit number one with his first — and what turned out to be his biggest — hit. When a Man Loves a Woman would stay at the top of the pop music charts for two weeks. It was the singer’s only hit to make the top ten.
♥~ 2002 – John and Margaret Majerczyk of Floyd, Iowa, revealed they had a pet buzzard. Buzz sat on a window box each morning waiting for them to come out, then followed them everywhere. Buzz really liked hamburger.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1779 – Thomas Moore poet, lyricist: Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms, The Last Rose of Summer, Oft in the Stilly Night; died Feb 25, 1852
♥~ 1888 – Jim Thorpe -Charlotte and Hiram Thorpe had a son near Prague, Oklahoma. They named him Wah-tho-huck, meaning “bright path,” but the world would call him Jim. In 1950 the Associated Press called him the outstanding athlete of the first half of the 20th Century. Olympic gold medalist: decathlon, pentathlon, [Stockholm: 1912]; baseball: NY Giants, Boston Braves; football: All-American; president of what became the NFL
♥~ 1908 – Ian Fleming author: creator of Bond … James Bond; When he was 31, he joined British Naval Intelligence and spent the years during World War II plotting intelligence operations, some of which later wound up in his spy fiction. His first spy thriller was Casino Royale, published in1953, starring the British spy, the stylish James Bond. died Aug 12, 1964
♥~ 1910 – Aaron ‘T-Bone’ Walker Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician: guitar: pioneered the sound that helped create the blues; recorded such songs as T-Bone Blues and Stormy Monday; died Mar 16, 1975
♥~ 1931 – Irwin Winkler Academy Award-winning producer: Rocky ; Double Trouble, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Raging Bull, The Right Stuff, Goodfellas, The Mechanic, Home of the Brave, Life as a House, The Net
♥~ 1944 – Gladys (Maria) Knight singer: w/The Pips: Midnight Train to Georgia, If I Were Your Woman, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Neither One of Us, Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, Every Beat of My Heart. El Morno’s Friend Oma wants to sing with Glady’s–Dear Gladys Knight .. . Can anyone help him realize this goal?
★~ Good to Know: Have you ever wondered how a baby giraffe sleeps? Awww.
Do you think they wake up with a crick in their necks? (Images: Imgur – via Lost at E Minor)
Today’s tip: Cole is considerate about putting the toilet seat down but, I’ve never been able to teach him to close the lid. It’s not a big issue since our dogs don’t use the toilet for a water bowl and the bathroom door is usually closed. However, I had just returned from a Starbucks run and was running to use the facility… I forgot, I put the lid down. The moral to my story: Always check.
Wishing everyone a terrific Tuesday!
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